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[Correspondence] The glass cliff effect for women in STEM

A recent Editorial in The Lancet (Feb 10, p 513)1 promotes gender equity in science as both a moral and necessary imperative. A US national survey2 has identified science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) workplaces as “deeply misogynistic”.1 In the UK and Australia, schemes, such as the Athena SWAN Charter have also shown that STEM workplaces cannot be gender inclusive without institutional commitment to removing unconscious bias.3 Medicine is one STEM discipline in which gender balance already exists at the undergraduate level; however, Janet Pope’s Comment in the same issue of The Lancet4 emphasised that this gender balance is not reflected at the leadership level.

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